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Re: Highways / Signs in Movies, TV Shows, and Videos
« Reply #25 on: February 12, 2009, 05:25:39 PM »

Speaking of Amish country, Witness (with Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis) has scenes (including road signs) from the U.S. 30/PA 896 intersection.
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« Reply #26 on: February 13, 2009, 02:49:43 PM »

 Not technically movie related, but has anybody else noticed that BGS shots are used on a lot of reality and travel shows to help show the city they're in?

A great example is Man vs. Food on Travel.  He'll travel into Pittsburgh, for example, and they just pan to a random shot of a BGS for I-279.
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Re: Highways / Signs in Movies, TV Shows, and Videos
« Reply #27 on: February 13, 2009, 03:02:18 PM »

Yes I've always noticed this. I wonder if they send out a film crew purposefully to videotape some guide signs and then choose the one that they like the best. I remember that annoying show Road Rules on MTV, and there was one scene that they shot of signage along Interstate 95 northbound in Delaware, to show the connection being made to New Jersey.

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Re: Highways / Signs in Movies, TV Shows, and Videos
« Reply #28 on: February 13, 2009, 03:31:37 PM »

I know some of it was an unfinished interstate... but what highways were used to shoot "Smokey and the Bandit"?
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« Reply #29 on: February 13, 2009, 09:22:26 PM »

The 1994 film The Chase (starring Charlie Sheen) took place in Southern California (OC, San Diego), but it was filmed in Houston.  Freeways that were  used as stand-ins for I-5 included the Sam Houston Tollway, I-45, US 290 and the Hardy Toll Road where one of the toll booths was used as a Mexican border crossing:

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« Reply #30 on: February 13, 2009, 09:40:06 PM »

The Kingdom was filmed on a unopened section of AZ loop 202. They even put up Arabic sings
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« Reply #31 on: February 18, 2009, 04:00:42 PM »

No Country For Old Men looks like it uses shots of US 90 in West Texas.  Also, one scene DOES show US 90 as it approaches Del Rio.
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Re: Highways / Signs in Movies, TV Shows, and Videos
« Reply #32 on: February 18, 2009, 04:56:14 PM »

I know some of it was an unfinished interstate... but what highways were used to shoot "Smokey and the Bandit"?

I wrote Carter about this, here's his response:

...I-85 was acknowledged in the the closing credits, it looks like the stretch between GA 316 and I-285 somewhere or another.  Its only 3 lanes each way back then compared to the 9 or better each way, plus I recognized the old light fixtures in the median. 
 
In the 2nd Smokey and the Bandit movie released around 1980 or so, it features the Bandit in his Trans Am and the "Snow Man" (Cleatus Snow played by Jerry Reed) driving his rig over the Skyway Bridge in Florida...no joke while a song called "Ride Concrete Cowboy" is played, its about a 5 to 10 second segment of the old one that collapsed about the time the film was being made...


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Re: Highways / Signs in Movies, TV Shows, and Videos
« Reply #33 on: March 22, 2009, 01:58:26 PM »

In Short Circuit:

The robot (Johnny 5) falls off the Astoria-Megler Bridge (US 101) and lands in Astoria, Oregon
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« Reply #34 on: March 22, 2009, 03:49:07 PM »

National Lampoon Vegas Vacation at the end where it shows the family driving the cars on what seems to be I-15.  If it is (which I do believe it is southbound I-15) there is a sign that shows the distance to Chicago (+1800 miles).   :-D obviously its not a real sign.
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Re: Highways / Signs in Movies, TV Shows, and Videos
« Reply #35 on: March 22, 2009, 04:00:15 PM »

Deep Impact back in the 90s has a scene showing a traffic jam on the VA 234 Manassas Bypass
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Re: Highways / Signs in Movies, TV Shows, and Videos
« Reply #36 on: March 28, 2009, 01:35:55 PM »

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Yes I've always noticed this. I wonder if they send out a film crew purposefully to videotape some guide signs and then choose the one that they like the best. I remember that annoying show Road Rules on MTV, and there was one scene that they shot of signage along Interstate 95 northbound in Delaware, to show the connection being made to New Jersey.

I found another great example of BGS being used on television shows.  Reno 911! is always using shots of highway signs around Reno, despite the fact it's filmed in southern Cal.
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Re: Highways / Signs in Movies, TV Shows, and Videos
« Reply #37 on: March 28, 2009, 02:28:18 PM »

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Deep Impact back in the 90s has a scene showing a traffic jam on the VA 234 Manassas Bypass

I was actually wondering where this scene was shot :) The scene shows hills while the Virginia coast is rather flat. I thought it was on I-64 or something.

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« Reply #38 on: March 28, 2009, 06:01:57 PM »

The Day After, a movie which features Kansas City being blown up by a nuclear bomb, used a section of K-10 to represent I-70 jammed with cars evacuating to Lawrence. I also distinctly remember seeing a MO-7 shield flash by during one of the scenes involving Harrisonville, MO.
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« Reply #39 on: March 28, 2009, 10:04:53 PM »

I always wondered what highway they used for that scene. I actually have a copy of that movie and will have to watch it again to catch the MO-7 shield...
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« Reply #40 on: March 29, 2009, 12:41:54 AM »

Chase scenes from Lethal Weapon 4 were filmed on a then-unopened section of the southern I-215 beltway in Las Vegas, NV (actually, the section is probably in Henderson).
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Re: Highways / Signs in Movies, TV Shows, and Videos
« Reply #41 on: March 29, 2009, 12:50:44 AM »

The movie Cast Away begins and ends at the intersection of FM 1268 and FM 48 with shots of the 1268 junction signage

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Re: Highways / Signs in Movies, TV Shows, and Videos
« Reply #42 on: March 29, 2009, 06:24:22 PM »

In the movie Knowing Nicolas Cage is walking along a stretch of what looks like US or MA 3 approaching I-95.

Problem is...I didn't think US 3 came that far east, let alone to have a control city of "Logan Airport"...or...one of Logan's runways.

Plus, the BGS looks like it was done in another state.
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« Reply #43 on: March 29, 2009, 06:29:56 PM »

Also, and it's been several years since I saw The Day After, but weren't the cars all pointed East towards Kansas City, and Jason Robards' car was returning back to Lawrence?  I remember this because while everyone in the opposite direction was trying to start their cars after EMP killed the ignitions (including one guy who practically stood on his accelerator), Mr. Robards was facing away as the second nuclear missile detonated, putting the telltale flash at his back?
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Re: Highways / Signs in Movies, TV Shows, and Videos
« Reply #44 on: March 30, 2009, 09:12:23 PM »

Parts of The Road, which is to be released sometime this year, were filmed on the abandoned Turnpike near Breezewood.
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« Reply #45 on: March 31, 2009, 12:02:15 PM »

Opening sequence of Rock Band: They drive on a windy desert road into a town with the Space Needle (seattle)!

The road has to be SR 10 (OLD US 10)...
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« Reply #46 on: March 31, 2009, 02:49:02 PM »

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Parts of The Road, which is to be released sometime this year, were filmed on the abandoned Turnpike near Breezewood.

One of the pictures on IMDB shows the mouth of either Sideling Hill or Ray's Hill Tunnel.  (I'm not familiar enough with the image to say which.)

Hopefully, this provided some needed funds to the "Pike to Hike" organization.
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« Reply #47 on: March 31, 2009, 03:47:37 PM »

One of the pictures on IMDB shows the mouth of either Sideling Hill or Ray's Hill Tunnel.  (I'm not familiar enough with the image to say which.)

It is the eastern portal of the Rays Hill Tunnel, which due to its short length only required a ventilation building on the western side.
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« Reply #48 on: April 12, 2009, 01:58:44 AM »

Illegally Yours was shot in 1988 St. Augustine, complete with the Bridge of Lions. No colored shields (weird), but there are older signals and a mph/kph sign along Bus US 1/A1A near the fort.
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« Reply #49 on: April 12, 2009, 03:13:23 PM »

The movie "Premenition", starring Sandra Bullock, had a scene of a gas truck exploding.  That was filmed on LA 2 northwest of Homer.  Talk about circus comes to town!! :wow:  Movie stars, film trucks, state troopers--all crowding the streets of Homer at some point during the filming, although the filming was done outside of town.
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